At cc pick up today, they told me that DS has been extremely rough lately. He does pushing and hair pulling. They basically said it's because he is one of the oldest/biggest and he's bored. DS is extremely active like most little boys. Half the time when I go to pick him up he's been farmed out to the over 2s room, and they even sent him riding bikes with the over 4s last week. I'm frustrated because even though he turns 2 in the school holidays, they won't move him up to the over 2s room til 2015. So, it looks like this problem may continue for a while. It makes me really sad, because he's such a beautiful compassionate soul, and I don't want him to be 'that kid' at cc.
They said they spend a lot of time keeping him busy and when he's rough they say stop! and then redirec him. I said I'm more than happy for them to sit him out for a minute, but they said they don't do that. So then how is he supposed to know he's doing the wrong thing? Then she said 'then the next plan is to deal with the dummy' as in get rid of it. I don't know why, but that really put me offside.
I've asked them to reconsider keeping him in the under 2s next term as well. We said they would but I'm pretty sure nothing will happen.
Anyway, are there any strategies I could try at home? He can be rough with me sometimes and I usually put him down on the floor again and leave him for a minute. When his dad visits they spend a lot of time tumbling and playing, which I think is important and something I don't do a lot of. Is that something we should stop for a while? Is it possible he's acting out because his dad went away again? Is he old enough to be acting out for that reason? Is this just a normal stage?